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IFDS World Championship Bronze for Australian Sonar team

  • Australia's Sonar crew preparing for the final day in Ireland  (Photo by Katie Culbert)
  • Australian and French Sonars at the IFDS World Championship (Photo by Michael Sweeney)
IFDS World Championship Bronze for Australian Sonar team

Australia’s Paralympic class sailors have won bronze in the Sonar at the 2013 IFDS World Championships in Kinsale, Ireland.

Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris and Russell Boaden won bronze at their first Sonar regatta together after a challenging final day of racing.

The Australian trio began Friday’s racing with a 10th, before finishing second in race two and sixth in race three to end the regatta tied on points for third with their German opponents, with Harrison and crew winning bronze on a count back.

“It was a very challenging day with a 10th, a second and a fifth to finish the regatta third,” said Harrison.”We ended up on equal points with the Germans but clinched the bronze medal on a count back.

“It was a very satisfying result for the three of us in our first regatta together,” he said.

Fellow Australian Matt Bugg finished fourth in the 2.4mR class, his best result at an IFDS World Championship.

In moderate breeze in Kinsale Bugg began the day with a seventh, before finishing sixth in the last race of the regatta to be fourth overall.

Racing was tight all week in the 45 boat 2.4mR fleet with Bugg now set to race in the class open World Championship in England, beginning at the end of next week.

The results for Bugg, Harrison, Harris and Boaden mean that the two crews have qualified for the 2014 Australian Sailing Team.

Neil Patterson and Mark Durnan finished 28th and 41st respectively at their first IFDS World Championship, with both sailors new to the 2.4mR class.

After two days of waiting for breeze the 86 sailors at the Finn Gold Cup finally got back on the water in Tallinn, Estonia

In eight to 10 knots of breeze three races were completed in Tallinn, Estonia, with plenty of movement up and down the leader board.

Heading into Saturday’s final race Oliver Tweddell is on track for his best finish at the Finn Gold Cup, with the Victorian currently 11th overall.

Tweddell was 13th in the opening race of the day, before a 41st in race two and a 16th in race three, leaving him just outside the top 10 for Saturday’s medal race.

“We had three extremely tough races today which caused a lot of changes throughout the fleet,” said Tweddell. “I went into the day aiming to sail quite low risk and be consistent, which I was executing well. It took just one line of pressure in the second race which I missed on the downwind to cost me a spot in the medal race.

“I’ve got one more race to go tomorrow and hope to sail well so I can hold onto my 11th position,” he said. “All in all it was a very tough day at the office but it provided some good learning points to move forward with.”

Jake Lilley has worked his way up to 34th position following a 19th, a sixth and a 61st, with the Queenslander currently the second placed junior.

Brendan Casey is 46th overall with Joe McMillan ending the day in 76th.

Full results from the IFDS World Championships can be found here and the Finn Gold Cup here

By Craig Heydon, Yachting Australia

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